Sunday, September 27, 2015

West Tokyo Union Church Weekly   Sunday, September 27, 2015    

Pastor:  Rev. Teresa Thompson Sherrill

9:30 AM – Adult SUNDAY SCHOOL and Multigenerational SUNDAY SCHOOL

11:00 AM – WORSHIP

FELLOWSHIP TIME: after the service

Sunday, September 27th

– 9:30 AM Adult Sunday School with Dr. Toshi Sasao facilitating in the Upper Room. 9:30 AM Multigenerational Sunday School in the cafeteria with Pastor Teresa facilitating – all are welcome!

– During the 11 AM worship, Weng Kong Loh, Japan Baptist Fellowship Mission Worker, will bring the sermon “A Beautiful Thing” from Matthew 26:6-13.  Following our worship will be a Fellowship time.

Art by He Qi



About the preacher – Jaine and I joined the staff of Cru Singapore in 1990. We came to Japan in 1994, where we have since served in campus ministry, as well as work with churches and organizations.  We developed outreach tools like the Christmas CD, World Cup related tools & the manga, ‘The Search’. We are now Japan Baptist Fellowship Mission Workers and will work with the Innovative Ministry Team. My family, including our daughters, Josephine (a student at Calvin College) and Angela (a student at CAJ), enjoy the simple things of life, and food like ramen, chocolate & nuts.    


A prayer reflection on (Matthew 26:6-13, Mark 14:3-9, Luke 7:36-50 and John 12:1-8) where Mary anoints Jesus’ feet with perfume.



we have preserved our joy in manna jars for the long winter of despair,

storing them in the dark corners of our souls, we have forgotten its gritty taste;


we have put a tight lid on our joy, and put it in the back of the pantry,

we have forgotten how it can tickle our noses;


we are so busy prattling pious platitudes

about the poor, the least, the lost,

 we ignore your words which anoint the as your children;


we have put up the shutters and storm doors

to keep your future from sneaking in,

 we have missed the sweet breeze carrying your hope to us;


we are who we are, restore us, Holy Grace,

and make us a fragrant offering to the world.

~ Copyright © Thom M. Shuman. Posted on Prayers4Today.


Little Kids:  Sara will be teaching on Cain and Abel.

MS/HS: Youth Group Sunday, the 27th from  5pm; Bible Study and Quilting.

Confirmation class, Monday September 28th, 6:30-8:00pm at the Bennett`s home, Pastor Teresa is teaching. If your family is interested in joining in, please talk with Pastor Teresa.

Next Adult and Multigenerational Sunday School classes will be October 11th.


We are looking for someone desiring to serve WTUC next year (2015-6) posting to the website and sending out the emailing – if you are interested, please talk with    Pastor Teresa, or


Upcoming Preaching Ministry and Community Events

September 27th  Adult and Multigenerational Sunday School,    

Weng Kong Loh (Japan Baptist Fellowship Mission Worker) preaching    

October 4th    World Communion Sunday, Pastor Teresa preaching

October 11th     Adult and Multigenerational Sunday School, Pastor Teresa preaching

October 18th   Rev. Dr. Jim Sack preaching, Communion and Healing prayers

October 25th   Adult and Multigenerational Sunday School, Jon Winter (SEND Mission Worker) preaching



We have Multigenerational Sunday School from 9:30 in the cafeteria the second and fourth Sundays of the month. Who is welcome? All ages. We will  be creating, discussing, playing games, acting out bible stories and more. At the same time, typically the Sacks host the Adult Sunday School, also at 9:30 am in their living room. The method used is the, “Swedish Bible study method,” interacting with the texts for the service through our own life experiences. Their home is right across the Lutheran Campus from our sanctuary.  Best coffee in town = ) Come and enjoy! (At times Adult Sunday School is held in the Upper Room, on the 2nd floor above the Sanctuary.) All are welcome. Need more information, contact any time = ) 2015 Sunday School schedule:  9/27, 10 /11, 10/25, 11/8, 11/22, 12/13


WTUC  Announcements:

  *Questions or concerns?  Feel free to email anytime.

  *Please enjoy and refer our website and FB page (West Tokyo Union Church) to others.  Please make any suggestions for additions to the Pastor Teresa and/or Steering Committee. If you’d like to be added to the WTUC church email list, please contact Pastor Teresa.

  *If interested in joining the WTUC Prayer Chain, let Pastor Teresa or Prayer Chain Coordinator, Kayo Ozawa, know of your interest. Please submit prayers to or Kayo Ozawa.

  *Sign up for snacks for fellowship time with Ann or Jill. We appreciate your contributions to our community life!

*Interested in baptism, membership or confirmation classes, please contact Pastor Teresa.


Sermon texts – Matthew 26:6-13

The Anointing at Bethany – 6 Now while Jesus was at Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, 7 a woman came to him with an alabaster jar of very costly ointment, and she poured it on his head as he sat at the table. 8 But when the disciples saw it, they were angry and said, “Why this waste? 9 For this ointment could have been sold for a large sum, and the money given to the poor.” 10 But Jesus, aware of this, said to them, “Why do you trouble the woman? She has performed a good service for me. 11 For you always have the poor with you, but you will not always have me. 12 By pouring this ointment on my body she has prepared me for burial. 13 Truly I tell you, wherever this good news is proclaimed in the whole world, what she has done will be told in remembrance of her.”

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